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Naked Paradise (sometimes credited as Thunder Over Hawaii) is a 1957 drama film directed by Roger Corman. It stars Richard Denning and Beverly Garland.

Naked Paradise
Directed byRoger Corman
Produced byRoger Corman
Written byCharles B. Griffith
Robert Wright Campbell
StarringBeverly Garland
Richard Denning
Music byRonald Stein
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • January 1957 (1957-01)
Running time
68 min.
CountryUnited States



Duke Bradley's boat is hired to sail a group to the Hawaiian Islands. His passengers include Zac Cotton, alcoholic girlfriend Max McKenzie and a pair of thugs, Mitch and Stony, who following a luau, without Duke's knowledge, rob a plantation of its payroll.

The gang intends to continue on to another island in the South Pacific, but tempers flare after Max is struck by Zac, which causes Duke to quit, demanding payment. As he is about to set sail, Max asks to go with him, determined to change her life. A hurricane hits, however, forcing Duke to turn back. On arrival, he is beaten unconscious by Mitch and Stony while the woman is roughed up by Zac.

Zac intends to make off with Duke's schooner and takes a local girl, Lanai, as a hostage, shooting Stony, who objects to this. A fight ensues in which Duke triumphs after Zac is killed by the boat's propeller. Duke and Max sail away.



John Ireland, who still owed another film to Corman under a two-picture deal he had signed with the producer, was originally announced as male star.[2]

Robert Wright Campbell's script was rewritten by Charles B. Griffith, who claimed Corman asked him to reuse his screenplay for Atlas (1960), Beast from Haunted Cave (1960) and Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961).[3]

The film was shot in two weeks on location in Hawaii, back-to-back with She Gods of Shark Reef. Samuel Arkoff of AIP has a small role in the movie.[4]

The Cocoa Palms Hotel received an on screen credit in exchange for housing the films stars at a reduced rate. [5]


The film was initially released as a double feature with Flesh and the Spur[6] It was re-released in 1960 under the title Thunder over Hawaii.[7]


Variety found the film colorful, with interesting action and a well-knit story. Monthly Film Bulletin found the picture beautifully shot but average in other facets. [8]


  1. ^ Alan Frank, The Films of Alan Frank: Shooting My Way Out of Trouble, Bath Press, 1998 p 42
  2. ^ FERRER TO DIRECT AND STAR IN FILM: 'Jalopy,' Case History of an Automobile, Will Be His Third Picture for U.-I. Of Local Origin By OSCAR GODBOUT Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 05 July 1956: 18.
  3. ^ Aaron W. Graham, 'Little Shop of Genres: An interview with Charles B. Griffith', Senses of Cinema, 15 April, 2005 accessed 25 June 2012
  4. ^ Roger Corman on Naked Paradise at Trailers From Hell.
  5. ^ Black (1996) The Films of Roger Corman, Batsford
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  7. ^ p.89 McGee, Mark Thomas Fast and Furious: The Story of American International Pictures McFarland 1984
  8. ^ Frank,The Films of Roger Corman 1966

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